§ Captain H. F. WRIGHT
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is in a position to give any further information regarding the case of the Irish Guardsman who was alleged in a London newspaper to have been notified by the Government that they had done with him and have no more to give him, although he had had an arm amputated at the shoulder?
§ Mr. FORSTER
Yes, Sir; I have caused this matter to be carefully investigated, and I find that this soldier, who was discharged on 8th August, was given temporary allowances of £1 a week for each of the three weeks succeeding, and that this allowance was sent to the soldier at his address at Letterkenny, county Donegal, on 15th, 23rd, and 30th August.
A pension award of 25s. a week for two months, and thereafter 14s. a week for life was made by the Chelsea Commissioners on 17th August, and within a few days this was notified to the man at his address. He stated that he desired payment to be made at the Letterkenny Post Office, and payment by that office was at once authorised. The postmaster at Letterkenny, in reply to a telegram, states that payment has been made regularly.
The House will see that the account which appeared in the newspapers was wholly unfounded, and I think it is a great pity that people do not take the trouble to ascertain the facts before calling attention to individual cases.